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Swan Housing Association are delighted to announce they are another step closer to delivering Laindon Place. Part of the first phase of Swan's regeneration project is on the site of the existing car park adjacent to the Laindon Health Centre. Swan owns this land and have installed signs notifying users that this car park will no longer be in operation from Monday 6 August. This area is being cleared so it can be hoarded, secured and prepared for works to be in line with Swan's construction programme.
Visitors to the Laindon Shopping Centre will still be able to park their cars in the car park at the back of the shopping centre, as well as the smaller car park and will have clear, safe access to the shops. Swan has already changed the hoarding leading from the shopping centre through to the health centre to ensure this is accessible for everyone visiting the health centre.
Swan are working closely with GP's and the Practice Manager at the Laindon Health Centre. Swan will be creating wheelchair parking bays close to the entrance of the health centre and ambulances will still be able to pick up and drop off there. The existing staff parking underneath will be unaffected. Swan also has a white list in operation so all staff who work at the shopping centre and the health centre are unaffected and can continue to park for free for as long as they need.
To ensure shoppers are aware of how to continue to access the shopping centre, appropriate signage will be put up on site. Signage will also be put up to ensure users understand where they can continue to park for free for up to three hours. This is in line with what Swan previously implemented to prevent commuter parking in the car parks at the Laindon Shopping Centre, so that there is ample parking to allow visitors to the businesses operating in the centre.
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development
at Swan, said:
"We are committed to delivering Laindon Place and are delighted to be starting on site. We have worked closely with the GPs and their Practice Manager to ensure they can continue to provide services to patients throughout the works including ensuring disabled bays are provided and ambulance access maintained. Laindon Centre staff can still park freely at the centre without charge and visitors to the centre can continue to park for free for up to three hours. This is yet another milestone for the Laindon Place project and takes us another step closer to building a new centre for Laindon that meets the aspirations of the local community."
Swan have worked very closely with the Laindon Medical Group and
their Practice Business Manager Debbie Crisp commented:
"The GPs at Laindon Medical Group together with the staff are delighted that work has at long last started on the redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre. We are aware that the works will cause some disruption but are working closely with Swan to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible. We would like to remind patients that there are now more disabled bays available at the front of the surgery and that the area underneath the building is strictly for doctors to park this will ensure that there are no delays in visiting patients who need home visits."
Swan are working in partnership with Basildon Borough Council on this key regeneration for the Borough and thank them for their continued support.
Cllr Tony Hedley, Basildon Council's Chairman of the
Regeneration Committee, said:
"This is an exciting step forward for Swan Housing. The redevelopment of Laindon Shopping Centre will create a modern and vibrant facility that will benefit the local community for years to come."